Workshops

Each year OBRA lead a variety of workshops and master classes for students and professionals at their base, Au Brana in Southern France and abroad. Each company member leads different areas of the practice, so performers can concentrate on specific elements of OBRA’s work, or encounter the training more globally in the summer intensive.

OBRA lead regular residential open research sessions each year. The company use these sessions to develop their practice; generating new approaches to performance, exploring new texts and new collaborations. Each OBRA Open Session pursues a particular line of creative research.

OBRA also work within different teaching institutions in France and UK, leading master classes and residential workshops in theatre techniques.

OBRA OPEN SESSION #9
Au Brana Centre France
4th – 9th June 2018
Led by OBRA in collaboration with writer Lucy Burnett

OBRA Theatre Co are seeking passionate and interested artists from any discipline who wish to participate in a 6 day research session at the Au Brana Centre in Southern France led by psychophysical theatre practitioners Kate and Oliviero Papi of OBRA and poet Lucy Burnett.

Writing from the body as primary source is the research and practice being developed between Lucy and OBRA. The work is exploring how language can be generated when written in response to a body in motion, and when one’s own body is the physical and imaginative stimulus.

We are seeking writers who are interested in engaging with their own physicality within their writing practice, and performers who wish to develop their capacity to generate their own texts. There is no set genre or expectation as to what form the writing takes, nor does one need to be or become a dancer in order to engage with the physical practice proposed. The creative team will explore and share the pedagogical structures that they are developing in collaboration with participants. This will be a period of active research to explore how physical expression, movement and writing are an integrated and intrinsic process.

OBRA’s practice, grounded in psycho-physical principles, is rooted within the body and mind working in harmony with the imagination. Lucy’s creative process for writing is intrinsically linked to her physical pursuits and together we are developing an active and engaged physical approach to the generation of the written word.

The session will take place at the Au Brana Centre, a formerly ruined farm now transformed into a tranquil and focused creative environment with onsite accommodation provided.

The fee for this session will be €300 which includes food and accommodation at Au Brana, and a minimum of 6 hours training per day for 6 days. This will be on a first come first served basis, with a maximum of 15 participants, and to secure a place you will need to pay a non-refundable deposit of €100 (refunded if we cancel). Successful applicants will need to cover their own travel expenses, arriving at Au Brana 3rd June and departing 10th June.

To apply or enquire further, please contact Oliviero at; info@aubrana.com

OBRA Summer Residency 2018
2- 22 July at the Au Brana Centre, France
3 week intensive workshop led by Kate Papi, Oliviero Papi, Eilon Morris and Fabian Wixe

OBRA propose a 3 week immersion into their rigorous and innovative approach to theatre making; focussed upon the relationship between the physical life of the actor and language in performance.
Participants will be led by the 4 practitioners through many aspects of theatre technique and apply these training tools to generate and shape performance material. Participants will be lead through multiple processes in relation to language, both in generating their own texts and in response to existing poetic texts. OBRA’s training is open to artists from all disciplines and performance backgrounds.
The training will cover these main areas:

  • Investigating flow state in relation to group and individual listening
  • Improving performers’ proprioception and physical articulation
  • Developing performers’ vocal technique for placement and articulation of voice for text
  • Expanding individual and group awareness and sensitivity to rhythm
  • Developing performers’ capacity to work with complex language
  • Increasing performers’ capacity to generate their own texts
  • Exploring approaches to creating physical material from multiple sources
  • Working collaboratively with a director to map and shape text and action

This practice enables the performer to work in a highly sensitive state of listening and simultaneity, bringing together precise physical and vocal technique and performance elements. OBRA ‘s approach embraces the complexity of the performance moment and seeks to find the ideal levels of difficulty for each performer, in order to enable a flow state which can be sustained over a long duration. The workshop invites participants to develop their personal practice and capacity to embody language, and offers a broad range of approaches to apply these skills to devising and performance. The work is rigorous, precise and demanding with a generous and supportive pedagogical team.
This workshop does not require you to have a high level of physical fitness or training (you don’t have to be an athlete) as the aim of the work is to increase your capacity, working from where you.

PRACTICAL INFORMATION
The fee for the workshop is €750 for 18 days of training for a minimum of 6 hours per day
Accommodation on site, with all meals included is available for an additional €25 per day, equal to €500 for the full period. Early bird reduction of €50 for anyone booked in and deposit payed before February 15th.
Any participant who wishes to participate in any other OBRA work session at Au Brana in 2018 will receive a reduction of €50 for the summer residency (offer applies to Open Session and sessions with Eilon and Fabian see below for details).

This will be on a first come first served basis, with a maximum of 15 participants, and to secure a place you will need to complete an application form and pay a non-refundable deposit of €200 (refunded if we cancel).

Successful applicants will need to cover their own travel expenses, arriving at Au Brana 1st July and departing July 22nd. The nearest airports are Toulouse and Bordeaux. (Flight bookings made well in advance range from €40-€60 return)

Please download an application form and return it to Oliviero at info@aubrana.com
Please see www.aubrana.com for more information about the centre.
For information about Eilon Morris go to http://eilonmorris.com/
To see films of Fabian’s work go to https://www.facebook.com/search/top/?q=i19%20-%20%27layers%27

Download an application form here; OBRA summer residency

Eilon Morris WEAVING THREADS; SIMULTANEITY AND ENSEMBLE

20th – 25th August at Au Brana Centre France

Simultaneity is the moment in which multiple threads of time intersect: the coming together of our actions, thoughts, encounters with others and the space around us. Performance involves the weaving together of these threads to create compositions and moments of meeting. Being present in these moments can be both challenging and inspiring, opening new possibilities for building connections and creativity in performance. Focused on this theme, this workshop will involve ensemble training exercises as well as work on the embodiment of rhythm and principles of musicality through voice and movement. Starting from working with the pulse of the ensemble we will explore ways of embodying and layering polyrhythms within the ensemble and within individual performers, applying these principles through improvisations and devising performance material. These approaches are both playful and rigorous – accessible to performers from a range of backgrounds with an interest in developing greater awareness and creativity through musicality in their work.

( Date TBC ) Fabian Wixe; FLOORWORK, FLYING LOW AND IMPROVISATION

Au Brana Centre, France ( The dates for Fabian’s session in 2018 is still to be confirmed, keep checking in )

“I propose a week workshop mixing morning trainings with afternoons full of improvisations, a work session in which you can learn new techniques and apply them immediately.
I am looking for performers and dancers who wish to develop their skills and spend a week exploring their own physicality in relation to a group.”workgroup-bw1000

“We will begin with a softer warm-up, before breakfast, to arrive in our bodies each morning, to shake the sleep out and increase the energy.
The morning sessions will be dedicated to technical and physical training; a mix of flying low and other floor work, training and games to improve strength, flexibility and awareness. I will also propose choreographic material in the mornings with a focus on increasing speed and precision.
I want to explore listening through the physical work, listening to the group and to oneself within a group, and how energy can be re-cycled and shared. Run with your heart rather than with your feet (they will follow).
In the afternoons (sometimes evenings) we will improvise, in many different structures. Sometimes alone, sometimes as a group, sometimes both, sometimes short, sometimes long.
I’d like to propose a pallet of ways of improvising that I’ve learnt over the years from different practitioners (e.g Martin Sonderkamp, David Zambrano, Tono Lachky, Milan Herich) and which I find helpful, fun and challenging.
I’d like us to move together, creating a space where we practice, explore and ’fail’, without judging ourselves or others. I’d like for us to let ourselves inspire and be inspired, to see each other and to let ourselves be seen.”

Contact Fabian directly; fabian.wixe@gmail.com or Oliviero at info@aubrana.com

SHOW IN A WEEK

YOUTH DEVISING WORKSHOP 6th – 11th August

Led in English and French by Kate Papi of OBRA Theatre Co, this is a fantastic crash course in devised theatre making for 14 – 20 yr olds. In 5 days participants will receive essential elements of actor training, develop material based on a central idea or source material, devise a piece of theatre and perform before a public in a professional theatre. An exciting week of creative work in the French countryside.

The session will take place at the Au Brana centre France, and costs €150.

For applications and more information please contact Oliviero at info@aubrana.com